NZ sex workers lodge complaints over foreign prostitute website advertisements

NZ Herald 22 April 2018
New Zealand sex workers are furious that foreign prostitutes who come on temporary visas can advertise their services here despite it being illegal for them to work.

High profile escort Lisa Lewis is one of several who have taken their complaints to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the Minister of Immigration Iain Lees-Galloway – calling for a harsher stance against migrant sex workers.

Although prostitution is decriminalised, it is illegal for temporary migrants, such as those on student or work visas, to provide sexual services in New Zealand.

“There are laws in place regarding who can and cannot work as a prostitute in New Zealand,” Lewis said.

“But why is there no questions being asked when migrant sex workers advertise their services on websites and the back pages of newspapers here.”

She wants INZ to shift its focus from just deporting migrant sex workers to punish those that profit from helping the promotion of these illegal sex workers.

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